5439.0 - International Merchandise Imports, Australia, Dec 2011 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 18/01/2012   
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Statistical codes in the Australian Harmonized Export Commodity Classification (AHECC) and the Customs Tariff will be revised with the release of merchandise export and import statistics for January 2012. The changes result from the implementation of an update to the international Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System. The changes will not impact directly on the presentation of statistics in this publication but will impact on detailed import and export statistics provided via the ABS National Information and Referral Service.

More information about these changes is available from the ABS website Information Paper: Changes to AHECC and Customs Tariff, 2012 (cat. no. 5368.0.55.017). Included with the information paper are correspondences between the codes of the current and the updated versions of the AHECC and the Customs Tariff, and correspondences between the updated versions of the AHECC and the Customs Tariff, and related classifications. The correspondences can be used by clients to understand the impact on statistics.

The Australian Harmonized Export Commodity Classification (AHECC) – Electronic Publication, Jan 2012 (cat. no. 1233.0) was released on the ABS website on 22 December 2011.

The Customs Tariff 2012 is available from the Australian Customs and Border Protection Services website www.customs.gov.au, select 'Tariff' then 'Working tariff 2012'.